The Higgs Boson and Beyond - Lectures 1 & 2: Screening + Discussion

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Every week on Wednesday

Industry Lab

288 Norfolk Street · Cambridge, MA

How to find us

The entrance is through the loading dock in the back of the building (see image below). There will be signs posted by 7:30PM that night.

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Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts!

I don't know about you, but the last lecture series left me wanting to know a whole lot more about subatomic physics and primary particles. So, for our next theme, we'll be watching a short (6-week) series that will delve a bit further into these topics at a pace that doesn't leave us non-subatomic-physicists in the dust.

Please join us tonight (Weds, 5/1) as we begin our 6-week screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Higgs Boson and Beyond." This series will introduce us to the Higgs Boson, the importance of its discovery, and how it fits into the standard model of atomic theory and the universe. We'll be beginning our journey tonight with two lectures focused on the importance of the Higgs and how that ties into quantum field theory. A description of lectures #1 & #2 are below:

Lecture #1: The Importance of the Higgs Boson (2015, 33 min)

"Why was the discovery of the Higgs boson such a big deal? That’s the key question that Professor Carroll tackles in his illuminating introduction. Take a fascinating dive into the world of modern particle physics and see how the Higgs is the missing piece of a scientific puzzle that helps us understand the “rules” for the universe."

Lecture #2: Quantum Field Theory (2015, 32 min)

"Toss out the textbook image of electrons circling an atom’s nucleus. This lecture explores the big twist of quantum field theory: The world isn’t really made of particles. They’re fascinating and necessary figments of quantum mechanics created by observing the fields that fill every inch of the universe, and grasping that eye-opening concept is essential to understanding the Higgs."

Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject. No prior understanding of subatomic physics, Higgs Bosons, quantum field theory, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely.

Now for some administrative details....

The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM.

As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along!

There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods:

Venmo: @reece-daniel

Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel

cash: donation cup at event

You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!

Regards,

Reece
Curator, Church of the Cosmos
Organizer, SomEV Presents
City Organizer, Meetup-Boston